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Bahrain Favorites

  • souq & shopping

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    Like in all Muslim nations, Friday is the holy day of the week in Bahrain. This means that many shops will be closed and services unavailable on that day. In addition, many shops will also close at midday on Thursday and not reopen until Saturday. The only day that we spent in Bahrain happened to be a Thursday, and around noon most of the shops in...

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  • Visas, maps & paperwork

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    Malta, Australia and US passport holders dont need to get Visas, they issued on arrival. The only weird thing was that US, Australian - got 3weeks visa and Malta passport holder only 3 days! hmm... they couldnt explain why, but this was very strange.. Never mind, 3 days was enough to start with :)

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  • restaurants & social

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    Avoid doing anything you might read in tourist guides! Apart from the Portugese fort, Tree of Life and the National Heritage Museum (Did I get it right?) there isn't much to see. If you want a good laugh, drive towards Sar (Saar) on the Budaya Highway until you see a brown highway sign that says 'Weaving Centre', that's probably the most hilarious...

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  • mosques and other buildings

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    You must see the Bahrain Fort, placed in the northern end of the island. It's not a common tourist attraction, so it can be hard to find. Also you must try smoking a sheesha, you wont get high or anything. The most popular place to do this is 'Casa Blu' placed in adliya, near the Ferrari Centre. You cannot miss out on the souq no matter what. The...

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  • Money (foreign GCC currencies)

    Don't be surprised if you get Saudi-Arabian, Qatar or UAE currency as change. As they are all pegged to the US dollar, the exchange rate between them doesn't float. I am not sure if this works also in other countries, but in Bahrain I got Saudi money in change from the immigration counter where I bought the visum - and I was pretty surprised. Later...

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  • Alcohol

    Bahrain is the most liberal of the Gulf countries when it comes to alcohol. It doesn't mean that you can buy a bottle of vodka in the souq, but you have lincensed bars which can provide you with your pint of Guinness. The easiest place to get beer and wine are the bars of higher class hotels like the Radisson Blu. Especially in Manama, however,...

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  • Visa on arrival

    Malta, Australia and US passport holders dont need to get Visas, they issued on arrival. The only weird thing was that US, Australian - got 3weeks visa and Malta passport holder only 3 days! hmm... they couldnt explain why, but this was very strange.. Never mind, 3 days was enough to start with :)

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  • On arrival visa

    The 2 week on-arrival visa is now available to the following nationalites :EU-16, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan or Hong Kong as well as any person resident in one of the GCC countries. The price is 5 BHD. In addition 72 hour transit visas are available to some additional nationalites, but these are more expensive.The process is simple....

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  • Exotic Bahrain

    Bahrain is full of hotels that caters to all sorts of tastes. from grand luxury to cheap ones. and all those hotels also cater to all the tastes that come with respective category of people who choose to stay in these hotels.there is another category of hotels that only caters to nightlife fun seekers.few good malls, seef mall is very much in with...

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  • Exotic Bahrain

    Bahrain is full of hotels that caters to all sorts of tastes. from grand luxury to cheap ones. and all those hotels also cater to all the tastes that come with respective category of people who choose to stay in these hotels.there is another category of hotels that only caters to nightlife fun seekers.few good malls, seef mall is very much in with...

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  • General tips on Living in Bahrain -...

    For jobs, Bahrain is a developing yet modern country. So there will be many opportunity here, especially in building/road construction, architecture, finance, banking, technology, telecommunication, hospitality/hotel, and trading/retail stores.As in other countries, the salary level may vary depends on the position, experience, etc. Roughly you can...

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  • Shops are closed Thursday afternoon and...

    Like in all Muslim nations, Friday is the holy day of the week in Bahrain. This means that many shops will be closed and services unavailable on that day. In addition, many shops will also close at midday on Thursday and not reopen until Saturday. The only day that we spent in Bahrain happened to be a Thursday, and around noon most of the shops in...

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  • Fishing vessels

    One of the most important natural resource of Bahrain comes from its surrounding seas. Those vessels reminds me of my hometown...

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  • Unanswered question...

    This picture was taken when I was leaving the Bahrain F1 Circuit on one of the shuttle bus when a little sticker on the luggage compartment of the other shuttle bus caught my attention.I was wondering whether the compartment is meant for sleeping... couldn't get explaination until today...

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  • Joining the crowd

    This is my first time watching life F1 race. On this day, I truly understand F1's crowd drawing power; i.e. excitement of the race, deafening engine sound, cheering and booing by the fans.

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  • Visit Sheik's Beach

    I met the Amir, Sheik Isa bin Sulman Al Khalifa. He had (He passed away and I was sad) a private villa and beach that only ExPats were allowed to visit. This way any uncultured louts could not bother the women. There is a pier that goes out about 100 yards and there is good spear fishing from it. He had a tea hut with free refreshments also. He...

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  • Bahrain is a group of about 30...

    Bahrain is a group of about 30 islands situated off the eastern coast of Saudi Arabia. Well, almost; we're no longer an island but are connected to Saudi Arabia by a causeway. If you enlarge the map you'll just about make out the causeway at about 10 o'clock. The second biggest island, at 1 o'clock is Muharraq - where you'll land if you come by...

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  • Go to the souk it's just...

    Go to the souk it's just amazing. I bought yards of material which was made into clothes by the tailoresses and then had to barter for a case to take it all home in - and ooooh so cheap!! The gold souk is a glittering mass of gold and silver. Again reasonably priced. Th rest of the souk is full of Eastern promise but I did resist buying a fluffy...

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  • Visa Requirements: Citizens of...

    Visa Requirements: Citizens of the EU can obtain a two-week visa on arrival at the airport for Bd5($13). Citizens of the US, Canada and Japan must all apply for a visa in advance. This will cost Bd20($55)Currency:Approx. 0.377010 Bahrain Dinars = $1.00 USDDeparture Tax: Bd3Area Code: 973

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  • You must see the Bahrain Fort,...

    You must see the Bahrain Fort, placed in the northern end of the island. It's not a common tourist attraction, so it can be hard to find. Also you must try smoking a sheesha, you wont get high or anything. The most popular place to do this is 'Casa Blu' placed in adliya, near the Ferrari Centre. You cannot miss out on the souq no matter what. The...

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  • Avoid doing anything you might...

    Avoid doing anything you might read in tourist guides! Apart from the Portugese fort, Tree of Life and the National Heritage Museum (Did I get it right?) there isn't much to see. If you want a good laugh, drive towards Sar (Saar) on the Budaya Highway until you see a brown highway sign that says 'Weaving Centre', that's probably the most hilarious...

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  • My Favorite restuarant was Al...

    My Favorite restuarant was Al Arisha which is located in an area called Umm El Hosom. It's famous for Lebanese Meeza (Appetizers). If you visit Bahrain during December & March period, make sure to pass by the beginning of Sitra Highway to view the Flamingos on the left and right sides of the bridge

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  • For anyone visiting Bahrain...

    For anyone visiting Bahrain for the first time, the souq is a must see. It is located near the Manama city center right behind what was once the 'Gate of Bahrain'. In the souq, you'll find everything you could ever imagine- gold, jewelry, food, souvenirs, clothes, electronics, and so much more. When I am away from Bahrain, I miss my friends the...

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  • Make sure that you do not have...

    Make sure that you do not have anything that you are not allowed to have because they cheque you everywhere when they stop you.I got stopped in the custome,even if we where only there for brekfast in the transithall.All organised as well.

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  • One of great things there is...

    One of great things there is the workshop of the local artwork. Different shop are there demonstrating the product of their own that you may find in nowhere in the world but in that spot. Those products are what were famous in the past in Bahrain which considered now part of their cultures. You may find different vases, treasury cabinets, carpets...

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  • Go pearl diving. The course is...

    Go pearl diving. The course is given by great instructors and is very informative, eco friendly and most of all fun. Our experience was sensational. Robin and Rob were the best. I will give all the information on how to contact them as soon as I can find it. The dive shop is called Aquatique and it is also known as LuLu dive. For the divers out...

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  • See more of the place than I...

    See more of the place than I did. I know there are museums and golf courses and old forts and five star hotels in Bahrain but I just did not have time to experience much of them. I went out for a walk in the city near the hotel and did some shopping. The city was an interesting blend of old and new. Hope to go back there for a longer visit some...

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  • The old town souk in Manama is...

    The old town souk in Manama is an amazing sight. You can buy almost anything, especially brilliant fakes of watches, clothes etc. The cloth souk is a blaze of glittering saris, all decorated with embroidery, in any colour or pattern you can imagine. Haggle for the best price! The gold souk is brilliant for really golden coloured 21 carat gold, none...

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  • Visit the souks of course. I...

    Visit the souks of course. I am repeating all others, but this is very true. According to the good tradition of Middle East bazaars you can find there virtually everything. It is very nice to wander and watch, even if you do not intend to buy anything. Photo: Souk street

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  • Have a look at the mosques....

    Have a look at the mosques. This one is called Al-Fatih Mosque, and it is quite difficult to be missed being the biggest building in the country. 7000 people can enter this buiding! The important thing is that non-Muslims can visit this Mosque as well.

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  • Visit the GOLDEN SOUK, which...

    Visit the GOLDEN SOUK, which is the three storey building full of gold, gems and other similar staff shops. See yourself...

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  • Visit Manama.I guess you will...

    Visit Manama.I guess you will probably start from the capital. Even if you do not flight in, but use road transport (which is possible) Manama is the first and usually the only stopover. Manama is the modern capital of an ancient place. History goes back something like 6 000 years ago. Amazing. Photo: Roads by the seashore.

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  • Here is a map of Bahrain. It...

    Here is a map of Bahrain. It is located off the eastern coast of Saudi Arabia. Manama is the capital city.

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  • Visit the Souq. Here the main...

    Visit the Souq. Here the main skill to learnis haughty disdain for the first price quoted.Don't even ask for a discount, just say'Last price?' If that doesn't get 15% percentknocked off you are obviously dressed like a tourist, complete with camera hanging round your neck,or you have that 'I'm gullible: exploit me!'look about you. Anyway, the...

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  • Visit the Gold Suq -- Every...

    Visit the Gold Suq -- Every town in the Gulf has a gold suq (market), but Manama's is unique: As you walk up the stairs to the building, the first thing you notice is that the steel doors are about 2 feet (60 cm) thick. Each door has the Chubb name/logo emblazoned upon it. You are, in effect, walking into a three storey vault! Not without reason,...

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  • the gold, cloth & spices souks...

    the gold, cloth & spices souks in manama, followed by a very cheap but excellent meal in Central cafe. If you have time go to the archeological digs at Saar. pickup taxi drivers whom I use daily are very loyal & teach me arabic words every day! they will drive me anywhere anytime, & even if I don't have change they let me pay next time!!! I once...

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Comments (2)

  • Dec 5, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Go to amwaj island and durrat al bahrain

  • Dec 5, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Amazing. Everything is open on Fridays, don't listen what the other user said. The zalaq beach is great. AMWAJ ISLAND JUST OPENED ITS A MUST SEE!!! I loooove amwaj sland it's the best. Lots of fun, great places to go, nice beaches, beautiful islands, wonderful. Going next week!

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